172 VERDICT OX 1XDIA so weirdly muddle-headed, sincerity or the lack of it, ceases to be of any consequence. Here is one of his latest "definitions5. ..if one can use such a phrase to describe so vague a blur o'f confused thought. "If a man fights with his sword single-handed against a horde of dacoits armed to the teeth, I should say he is fighting 11011- violently. Supposing a mouse fighting a eat resisted the cat with his bharp teeth, would you call that mouse violent ? In the same icaij, for the Poles w stand bravely against the Gei man hordes vastly superior in number and strength was almost non-violent.'* Any man who could tell you precisely what that means, and even more, what it doesn't, would be something of a genius. Apparently Gandhi wishes to imply that a Polish machine gun, in the process of mowing down oO Nazis, was " almost non-violent" because there were not a sufficient number of other machine guns on its flanks. In other words, violence when employed against supe/'ior odds automatically becomes non-violence / * A very convenient theory "as one critic observed, *for the rebels in an unarmed revolt! * Very convenient indeed. It insist have been a perpetual solace to the non-violent nationalists who so often poured non-violent petrol over policemen and lit it with non-violent matches, and the non-violent mobs who.. .always provided that they were in, a majority of a thousand to one.. .battered British and Canadian boys to death with non-violent bludgeons. Over the bodies of these victims of his policy Gandhi could still smile his toothless smile and say "Well really you know, all this Is almost non-violence ! * However, even Gandhi, in the months preceding his imprison- ment., had begun to drop the mask. He was convinced that Britain, was finished and that Japan had won the war. He was anxious to stand well with the little yellow men who, he thought, would shortly be his new masters. Needless to say, he did not confess this in so many words, for he always speaks with one eye on America, and if America had caught him in an overt flirtation with. Japan, the consequences to his prestige would have been 1 Quoted in Congress Responsibility for disturbances 1942-43 (Government of India Press).